NFL  > General NFL  > 2011 NFl Coach's hot seat thread.
October 24, 2011, 11:56 AM
Rumblings around the league has several coaches on the hot seat already this season before we are even half way through it. Some names that keep popping up in these discussions are and in no particular order below:

Jack Del Rio, his Jaguars are currently sitting at a disappointing 1-5 and there was talk last season of Del Rio getting the axe but he survived only to be amongst this years coaches on a hot seat, will this year be his last in Jacksonville.

Tony Sparano, has the Dolphins win less this season and the articles keep getting louder calling for his head especially after his team blew a 15 point lead against the Broncos in their last outing.

Steve Spagnuolo, The Rams after a surprising season last year are in trouble this season and have failed to score a win yet this season, does Spagnuolo survive this season or is it time for a change?

Leslie Frazier, and his Vikings have one win to their credit this season and some disgruntled fans and articles are clamoring for a new regime in Minnesota. Ponder just may be Frazier's saving grace as he has looked solid in his debut as a starter and if the team can rally behind Ponder it could turn things around not only for the team but silence the Viking faithful as well.

Jim Caldwell, The Colts have perennially been playoff contenders since Manning has been at the helm as their Q.B. after suffering such a humiliating loss to the Saints some players have even said the Colts were out coached. This is a direct slap in the face from the players towards their coach, will Caldwell survive this Manning less season or is the winds of change blowing in Indy?
October 24, 2011  12:27 PM ET

That's a lot of coaches to be fired, if they were to be fired. The Jags are planning to turn as many fans away as they can so they may get the go ahead to move to LA. So don't look for Del Rio to go until the Jags get a decision one way or another.

Caldwell and Sparano are mere puppets of the owners who want to be the team to draft Andrew Luck, I'd throw in Spagnuolo in, but, he isn't really in a QB hunt, he does seem to have a capable team, and probably can convince management that the Rams are about to turn the corner, so he'll be around for at least 2 more years.
Leslie Frazier and the Vikings look like they may have found their QB in Ponder. Now all they have to do is convince management to let them stay so they can do some rebuilding.

All in all I'd say that the first and most likely to go would be Sparano at the end of the season.

October 24, 2011  01:27 PM ET

Sparano, Del Rio and Caldwell's seats are so hot they are melting. But for some reason I think Frazier and Spagnuolo are safe.

October 24, 2011  01:28 PM ET

And I have to wonder about Norv Turner. After that '2 minute drill' yesterday, I don't think he has enough fire to get this team motivated.

October 24, 2011  01:36 PM ET
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And I have to wonder about Norv Turner. After that '2 minute drill' yesterday, I don't think he has enough fire to get this team motivated.

They have been amongst the talk referenced to teams moving to LA.

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October 24, 2011  02:00 PM ET
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Whatever team moves to LA, if the head coach isn't fired on the way in, he'll have a year to produce. At most. Good thread, GSH. I'd add Ken Whisenhunt to the list.

I agree. One year tops.

Whisenhunt is an interesting add. I'm really shocked that Kolb to Fitzgerald isn't a common phrase at this point in the season.

October 24, 2011  02:01 PM ET
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sparano's butt's practically burnt-off..,......i wonder if he's finally gone after the giants game next week ??!

Yikes - they have the Giants next week. That's going to be a brutal game.

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October 24, 2011  02:06 PM ET
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And I have to wonder about Norv Turner. After that '2 minute drill' yesterday, I don't think he has enough fire to get this team motivated.

That's the guy on my mind that needs to go, is he so terrible? No. But he's not that good. I just have this vision of Mike Martz as the Chargers Head Coach. White haired republican with a slight belly - would fit right in, in San Diego.

October 24, 2011  02:09 PM ET

Sparano ! he has to be the top of that list, they didn`t even want him before the season started, or their QB, so I say he is the first to go.

October 24, 2011  02:10 PM ET

oh yeah, Del Rio has to up there too, he has been on the hot seat for years !

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October 24, 2011  02:16 PM ET
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lihi,...wha' happened yesterday ?....i had your team on my pool,...*sniffl*

I had them in mine too. They just stunk it up. If McFadden and Janikowski don't heal, it's going to be a long remainder of the season.

October 24, 2011  02:19 PM ET
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That's the guy on my mind that needs to go, is he so terrible? No. But he's not that good. I just have this vision of Mike Martz as the Chargers Head Coach. White haired republican with a slight belly - would fit right in, in San Diego.

Turner is too soft. He was that way when he coached in Oakland and he's proving to be that way in San Diego. He's got a ton of talent but doesn't know how to use it.

October 24, 2011  02:20 PM ET
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Whatever team moves to LA, if the head coach isn't fired on the way in, he'll have a year to produce. At most. Good thread, GSH. I'd add Ken Whisenhunt to the list.

Nice call on Whisenhunt, I forgot about him and there is even some speculation around Reid especially if the can't get things turned around and after all the money the Eagles spent this season. I don't see it myself but I have read a few articles eluding to some speculation surrounding Reid.

October 24, 2011  02:23 PM ET
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Nice call on Whisenhunt, I forgot about him and there is even some speculation around Reid especially if the can't get things turned around and after all the money the Eagles spent this season. I don't see it myself but I have read a few articles eluding to some speculation surrounding Reid.

Sorry for the grammar cops out there I should have said alluding and not eluding.

October 24, 2011  02:28 PM ET
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Nice call on Whisenhunt, I forgot about him and there is even some speculation around Reid especially if the can't get things turned around and after all the money the Eagles spent this season. I don't see it myself but I have read a few articles eluding to some speculation surrounding Reid.

I'd heard some speculation about Reid also. I find it surprising, but it has been a long tenure. And they took huge risks this year.

 
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